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mast cell

[′mast ‚sel]
A connective-tissue cell with numerous large, basophilic, metachromatic granules in the cytoplasm.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Mast Cell


(also called mastocyte or labrocyte), a reticular connective tissue cell in animals and man. The number of mast cells depends on the species and on the functional state of the connective tissue. The mast cell contains metachromatic cytoplasmic granules; the size and number of granules depend on the species and on the maturity and functional state of the cell. Mast cells contain a number of physiologically active substances, notably heparin, histamine, and serotonin. Consequently, it is believed that the mast cell plays a role in anaphylaxis, inflammation, and blood clotting. Mast cells rarely divide by mitosis. The principles of their origin and reproduction remain obscure.

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The AD patients have a distorted, hyper acute response to stress, based on the activation of the Th2 cells and mastocytes, the dysfunction of the HPA and NNA and as a consequence, of the release and expression of neurogenic cutaneous inflammation mediators.
The pain induced by CFA causes the activation or release of various endogenous inflammatory mediators, such as histamine, serotonin, and kinins, through the degranulation of resident mastocytes, in addition to an increase in prostaglandins caused by the activation of cyclooxygenases and cytokines, such as IL-1[beta] and TNF, that stimulate nociceptors [16,18, 24-26].
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The IgE levels of patients with allergic diseases during an attack being statistically higher than the IgE levels during the interictal period is supported by the suggestion that IgE is a mediator of histamine release from mastocytes and, histamine, as a potent vasoactive agent, may play a role in the induction of migraine attacks.
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The complex formed is recognized by mastocytes, eosinophils and neutrophils, which release the content of their granules (histamine, leukotrienes, prostaglandins and other mediators).
contortus have reported cellular infiltrations in the mucosa and regional lymph nodes, increases in T CD4+, T CD8+, T gamma delta ([gamma][delta]) and B lymphocytes, eosinophils and mastocytes [5, 11, 17, 75].
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It is known that activated mastocytes contribute to higher expression of mRNA for IL-31 receptors [2, 3].
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Activation of TLRs triggers a cascade of intracellular events leading to activation of several transcription factors, including NF-[kappa]B, activator protein1 (AP-1), and IFN-regulatory factor-3 (IRF-3) and -7 that regulate the expression of various cytokines and chemokines, responses that are performed in the CNS mainly by mastocytes and microglia.
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